Naval Undersea Warfare Center Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2020

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3.3
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Pros
  • "Good benefits and good work life balance(in 9 reviews)

  • "Excellent benefits (health care, flexible hours, paid time off, job security) and interesting work(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "There are not many cons to working at NUWC(in 6 reviews)

  • "So much red tape it is difficult to accomplish anything(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical Engineering for Navy"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, great work balance, great pay and career opportunities

    Cons

    Many difficult processes to get things done

  2. "Pays the bills"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Newport, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, lots of time off

    Cons

    Boring, slow. Not meaningful work

  3. "Policital"

    3.0
    Former Employee - IT Specialist 

    I worked at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great experience, networking, and opportunities available if you are allowed to leave your department to move around.

    Cons

    Keep track of all communication, and be wary of your relationships with others. They may come back to bite you. Keep to yourself if you want to thrive.

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  4. "Great Job to start out of College"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and good work life balance

    Cons

    Some areas upward mobility is limited

  5. "Good work life balance but limited growth"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Management is very easy to get along with the social environment is good

    Cons

    There isn't a clear path for growth and limited opportunities.

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  6. "Good benefits"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Division Director 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong sense of purpose

    Cons

    Low sense of urgency, ineffective senior management

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  7. "Great People Great Projects"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Keyport, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people you work with are great and you get to work on a wide variety of projects where you will have much more responsibility than in the commercial sector.

    Cons

    Too many young workers that have no experience. Huge amounts of red tape in order to purchase anything. Total lack of any kind of structure in projects. Little chance of advancement past a GS12 unless you choose to go into management.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Only scientist/engineer graduates need apply"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Newport, RI
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you have a B.S. in computer science, computer engineering, mechanical engineering or mathematics: this can be a fantastic place for you to have a life long career, or a good stepping stone to begin a career. If you have a degree that does not include minimally 30 credits in the above topics, 15 of which in math/statistics including calculus; or you are not willing/able to acquire this; this may be a poor place for you to work. Your prospects depends heavily on whether you meet these academic criteria in full. This is especially true for anyone working in an IT-related position. Job roles here primarily follow two tracks: ND (75% of workforce) and NT. If you don't have the degrees above, you will be limited to the NT track, which involves lower pay, fewer opportunities, and little chance of promotion. On the other hand, if you meet those criteria, there are endless opportunities for advancement. The federal government is the most generous employer when it comes to tuition reimbursement. If you are hired, you have the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree paid for in full. If you are just starting a career, this alone is an good reason to consider employment here. Federal government is the last bastion of job security, and annual cost of living increases. You can decide if you want a job with travel or without. You can easily advance to leadership in a scientific field, be paid very comparably with private industry, avoid extra student loans, and never worry about losing your job. Many of these jobs pay well over 100K. Lastly, there is a modest pension plan. There is also an optional Thrift Savings Plan, which will match your contribution up to 3%. If you start here right after college and stay, you can dream about an early retirement. After 3 yrs you earn tenure and can reapply to government jobs as an insider for life. This is generally an 8-hr day job, and overtime is usually voluntarily. The environment is fairly diverse.

    Cons

    For professional jobs - you must have one of the very few degrees they seek, or substantial work experience in the field to even get your foot in the door. For the first three years employment benefits are not very competitive. They do not advance sick leave, so you could get stuck early on using vacation days for sick leave. Vacation is only two weeks. Medical and dental coverage insurance is average in terms of cost and coverage. As a federal employee you are disqualified from any short term disability insurance. Zero maternity/paternity leave. Leave without pay is prohibited, except for medical reasons. While the pension plan is desirable, be prepared for the mandatory subtraction from your wages. It's difficult/impossible to negotiate salary, as they will pay you based on your prior job's wage. So if you were underpaid there, don't expect much better. Poor support for telework, although this varies. After 6 months you can request 1 day per week. The policy allows managers to grant up to 3 days per week, but this is uncommonly done. There is enormous variation in environment and job quality based on what code you are in. Some places are large cubicle farms in poor condition with drudgery for work, and some places are exciting - no way to know until you're already hired. Lunch is mandatory and a restrictive 30 minutes, no more no less. It's a military base, and consequently very rule oriented. Unfortunately, if you work in IT without the academic background they desire, this job is a dead end. You can have an MBA from an Ivy League, but if you didn't take 30 credits of science & math, you will not make it past the application process for management roles. You also need to be comfortable participating in office politics, your career depends on it. You have to be able to tolerate the frustrations of government work, where rules can be enforced as strictly as they are senseless and time consuming, constructive change is very difficult to effect, and performance accountability lacking. There's a shortage of skilled resource managers, as they are hired only according to technical expertise. Many who work here have never worked anywhere else, and that contributes to a lack of open mindedness to new/alternative ideas.

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  9. "Decent overall"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn and change what you're doing

    Cons

    If you get paired with a lazy mentor, it's hard to get real work to do.

  10. "Too many politics and risk averse people"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, job security, and work life balance

    Cons

    No incentive to do good work

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